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Experience the Ancient Maya with the AIA
Escape the winter on two distinctive AIA small group trips and discover the magnificent art and architecture of the "mysterious" Maya civilization.


January 2-11, 2014


This luxurious, ten-day holiday provides the best itinerary available to see the sun-drenched Yucatan peninsula's spectacular ancient Maya sites, traditional Maya villages, and colonial architecture. Discover with art historian Virginia Miller soaring pyramids, distinctive temple complexes, and wonderful sculpture at Chichen Itza, Coba, Ek Balam, Uxmal, Dzibilchaltun, and elsewhere. There is free time to bird watch, shop for crafts, or relax, reflect, and enjoy our excellent accommodations. This is the best-paced itinerary available to explore sites and enjoy deluxe resorts: three nights at the Hotel Mayaland (next to Chichen Itza), three nights at the Hacienda Uxmal (next to Uxmal), and two nights at the Intercontinental in Merida.

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January 18-31, 2014


This fourteen-day tropical adventure thoroughly explores ancient Maya sites with archaeologist Norman Hammond in the lush jungles of Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. No other itinerary provides three nights each at the spectacular ancient cities of Tikal and Copan. Explore the ancient sites of La Venta, Palenque, Bonampak, Yaxchilan, Tikal, Copan, and Quirigua. Maya art and architecture will "come alive" as you encounter enormous stelae (carved monoliths), painted frescoes, stucco friezes, carved lintels, and huge temple-pyramids that soar above the rainforest. Enjoy free time to go bird watching or simply relax, reflect, and enjoy our comfortable hotels and remote jungle lodges.

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Featured Small-Ship Cruise
May and October 2014


Cruising this magnificent region between Venice and Dubrovnik (and stopping to explore islands and coastal towns) is one of the world's most delightful travel experiences. As your luxurious yacht approaches, ancient walls on promontories are revealed, rising from the water's edge, and they enclose delightful towns of closely-packed, tile-roofed, stone buildings. Aboard the elegant, 50-suite Corinthian, you will discover not only the Dalmatian Coast's well-established highlights but also its hidden jewels. An archaeologist (Jodi Magness in May; Andrew Moore in October) accompanies each cruise to help illuminate, through illustrated talks and informal discussions, the history and cultural significance of the sites you visit.
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May 2014


Join archaeologist Gocha Tsetskhladze to explore the site of Europe's earliest unearthed hominid bones; ancient settlements and fortresses; early churches, cathedrals, and monasteries; and intriguing cave towns; including five UNESCO World Heritage sites. An optional extension to Azerbaijan is available. 

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May 2014


Begin with two days in glorious Athens and then enjoy a seven-night cruise aboard an elegant, 25-cabin yacht. Explore Corinth, Epidauros, Mycenae, Monemvasia, Mystra, Mt. Lykaion, Olympia, Delphi, and more, while gleaning insights into local archaeology and ancient history from accompanying Professors Mary Voyatzis and David Romano.

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June 2014


Cruise along splendid coastlines from Glasgow to Copenhagen, exploring remote seaside ports, rustic coastal villages, deep-blue fjords, and extraordinary archaeological sites in the company of archaeologist Elizabeth Pierce. Unpack once and relax aboard a luxurious, five-star, 120-stateroom/suite cruise ship during the northern summer's long, mild days. 
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December 2013


Discover masterpieces of Indian architecture and art, visiting eleven UNESCO World Heritage sites including many of the world's most magnificent royal tombs, extraordinary rock-cut cave temples and art, and spectacular fortress palaces. During this 15-day luxury tour, in the company of art historian Annapurna Garimella,  you will explore India's diverse and splendid cultural heritage through visits to important Jain, Buddhist, Hindu, and Islamic monuments. 

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January 2014


Explore southern India's diverse cultural histories on this 16-day luxury tour, with art historian Annapurna Garimella, featuring art and royal/religious monumental architecture, including several UNESCO World Heritage sites. Your excellent accommodations include four nights aboard the elegant Golden Chariot train and four nights at luxurious beach resorts. An optional extension to the tropical waterways of Kerala is available.

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The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) is the oldest and largest archaeological organization in North America. The AIA seeks to educate people of all ages about the significance of archaeological discovery. For more than a century the AIA has been dedicated to the encouragement and support of archaeological research and publication, and to the protection of the world's archaeological resources and cultural heritage. By traveling on an AIA Tour you directly support the AIA while personally gaining the benefit of the AIA's network of scholars and worldwide contacts.